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2008 Pac 10 Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown
Stanford's Alex Fletcher
Stanford's Alex Fletcher
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 7, 2008


The Pac 10 does it right with everyone getting to play everyone else, but there are some fantastic non-conference games to get excited about, too. Check out the analysis and breakdown of each Pac 10 team's schedule.

2008 Pac 10 Team Schedule 

- 2008 Pac 10 Composite Schedule & Top Games

Toughest schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when

1. Oregon
2. UCLA
3. Washington
4. USC
5. Stanford
6. Oregon State
7. Arizona State
8. California
9. Washington State
10. Arizona

Arizona
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 6-6
 
The Wildcats go through a steady early progression of non-conference games, starting out with a layup against Idaho before getting Toledo in what should be a high-octane shootout before going to New Mexico, and then comes the Pac 10 slate with a trip to UCLA. Sandwiched between two off weeks is a key stretch of three home games in four weeks hosting Washington, Cal and USC and going on the road to face Stanford. While there's a trip to Oregon to deal with, the overall road slate isn't all that bad and there's a nice off-week between home games against Oregon State and Arizona State.

Aug. 30 Idaho
Sept. 6 Toledo
Sept. 13 at New Mexico
Sept. 20 at UCLA
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 Washington
Oct. 11 at Stanford
Oct. 18 California
Oct. 25 USC
Nov. 1 OPEN DATE
Nov. 8 at Washington State
Nov. 15 at Oregon
Nov. 22 Oregon State
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE
Dec. 6 Arizona State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Arizona State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5

The Sun Devils have a nice, easy start (Northern Arizona, Stanford and UNLV) before the showdown against Georgia. Beat the Dawgs and the season takes on a whole other meaning. In what might be one of the toughest stretches of games anyone in America has to deal with, ASU plays Georgia, gets a week off, and then has to go on the road to face Cal and USC before getting a week off to prepare for Oregon. Back-to-back road games at Oregon State and Washington come at an awful time in early November, and the rivalry showdown against Arizona comes after a tough battle against UCLA. Meanwhile the Wildcats get a week off to prepare for the Sun Devils.

Aug. 30 Northern Arizona
Sept. 6 Stanford
Sept. 13 UNLV
Sept. 20 Georgia
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 at California
Oct. 11 at USC
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE
Oct. 25 Oregon
Nov. 1 at Oregon State
Nov. 8 at Washington
Nov. 15 Washington State
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 UCLA
Dec. 6 at Arizona

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


California
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

There's no Tennessee showdown like last year, but the non-conference schedule isn't all that bad playing Michigan State, going to Maryland, and hosting Colorado State. All the games against the league's non-Trojan powerhouses are at home. The timing of the Pac 10 games isn't that bad going to USC after a two-game home stretch against UCLA and Oregon while going to Arizona after a week off. Nothing can be taken for granted if the team tanks like it did at the end of last year's regular season, but closing out with Stanford and Washington, with an off week sandwiched in between them, isn't a bad way to finish. 

Aug. 30 Michigan State
Sept. 6 at Washington State
Sept. 13 at Maryland
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Colorado State
Oct. 4 Arizona State
Oct. 11 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 at Arizona
Oct. 25 UCLA
Nov. 1 Oregon
Nov. 8 at USC
Nov. 15 at Oregon State
Nov. 22 Stanford
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE
Dec. 6 Washington
 
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Oregon
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4

Starting off the Pac 10 slate right away isn't that bad if it's a home game against Washington, but that's where the conference fun stops. The Ducks have five league road games including the three toughest dates possible: at USC, at Arizona State and at California. If that wasn't bad enough, those three come in a five-week span wrapped around a tough battle with UCLA along with an off week. Throw the road trip to Washington State into the mix and the Ducks have four away dates in five games. On the plus side, the mid-November home games against Stanford and Arizona (in a revenge date) aren't bad, and there's a week off before the Civil War at Oregon State. If the Pac 10 slate wasn't tough enough, the non-conference slate has two interesting tests at Purdue and at home against Boise State to go along with a layup against Utah State.

Aug. 30 Washington
Sept. 6 Utah State
Sept. 13 at Purdue
Sept. 20 Boise State
Sept. 27 at Washington State
Oct. 4 at USC
Oct. 11 UCLA
Oct. 18 OPEN DATE
Oct. 25 at Arizona State
Nov. 1 at California
Nov. 8 Stanford
Nov. 15 Arizona
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 at Oregon State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Oregon State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5

Fine, so Hawaii isn't the Hawaii of last year, but Oregon Sate can't be accused of taking it easy playing the defending WAC champions along with road trips to Penn State and Utah. If those weren't interesting enough, the season starts with a Pac 10 road trip to Stanford while the late September home game against USC comes after a week off. Things ease up the rest of the way with Arizona State, California and Oregon all coming to Corvallis, while there aren't back-to-back road games after the opening two weeks. Going to UCLA isn't going to be easy, especially after facing the Sun Devils, but there has to be at least one killer league away date.

Aug. 28 at Stanford
Sept. 6 at Penn State
Sept. 13 Hawaii
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 25 USC
Oct. 2 at Utah
Oct. 11 Washington State
Oct. 18 at Washington
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 Arizona State
Nov. 8 at UCLA
Nov. 15 California
Nov. 22 at Arizona
Nov. 29 Oregon

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Stanford
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 7-5
Barring total disaster worst case record: 2-10
Realistic record: 4-8

The Cardinal will know where it stands in Pac 10 play right off the bat getting Oregon State to start followed up by a trip to Arizona State. The non-conference schedule is tougher than it looks playing at TCU, a resurgent San Jose State, and going to Notre Dame. With all the early road games, Stanford has a stretch of five away games in seven weeks and three in four before getting a week off. There's a good break getting just four conference road games, but that's offset by only getting one week off; the other comes at the end of the regular season. What's worse is how the schedule gets toughest at the end. An early November break would be nice, but Jim Harbaugh's club won't get one facing Washington State, at Oregon, USC and California to close things out.

Aug. 28 Oregon State
Sept. 6 at Arizona State
Sept. 13 at TCU
Sept. 20 San Jose State
Sept. 27 at Washington
Oct. 4 at Notre Dame
Oct. 11 Arizona
Oct. 18 at UCLA
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 Washington State
Nov. 8 at Oregon
Nov. 15 USC
Nov. 22 California
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


UCLA
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5

The Rick Neuheisel era kicks off with a bang playing Tennessee right away before a potentially tougher game at BYU. To make things even more interesting, the third non-conference date is against dangerous Fresno State team that's more than good enough to pull off the upset in the Rose Bowl. The Pac 10 slate started out lousy and ends up with a few decent breaks. There are five league home games and an off-week between road dates against Washington and Arizona State. While the USC game is hardly a true home game, it might as well be in Pasadena. The downside are the road trips to Oregon and California, but they're wrapped around the home game against Stanford.

Sept. 1 Tennessee
Sept. 6 OPEN DATE
Sept. 13 at BYU
Sept. 20 Arizona
Sept. 27 Fresno State
Oct. 4 Washington State
Oct. 11 at Oregon
Oct. 18 Stanford
Oct. 25 at California
Nov. 1 OPEN DATE
Nov. 8 Oregon State
Nov. 15 at Washington
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 at Arizona State
Dec. 6 USC

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


USC
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 9-3
Realistic record: 11-1

USC makes its living off tough-looking non-conference road games, and it needs to come out with a statement at Virginia to build up momentum for the two weeks off before the national title-caliber showdown against Ohio State. There's another week off and then the Pac 10 schedule kicks in with three road games in five weeks. However, the away games are at Oregon State, Washington State, and Arizona, to go along with a later away game against Stanford and the crosstown trip to Pasadena to deal with UCLA; the Pac 10 road schedule doesn't get much easier than that. Oregon, Arizona State and California all have to come to the Coliseum. The Trojans only travel outside of Los Angeles once, to Stanford, after October 25th.

Aug. 30 at Virginia
Sept. 6 OPEN DATE
Sept. 13 Ohio State
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 25 at Oregon State
Oct. 4 Oregon
Oct. 11 Arizona State
Oct. 18 at Washington State
Oct. 25 at Arizona
Nov. 1 Washington
Nov. 8 California
Nov. 15 at Stanford
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 Notre Dame
Dec. 6 at UCLA

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Washington
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 7-5
Barring total disaster worst case record: 3-9
Realistic record: 5-7

On the plus side, they only have to leave the state of Washington twice for three months, but that's about the only real break. The non-conference games against BYU, Oklahoma and Notre Dame are in Seattle, but the Cougars are loaded, the Sooners will be in the national title hunt, and the Irish will be better. Oh yeah, and the season kicks off with a Pac 10 killer at Oregon. The Huskies have five league road games to deal with playing at Washington State and at California wrapped around an off week. There are plenty of breaks to stay relatively fresh throughout.

Aug. 30 at Oregon
Sept. 6 BYU
Sept. 13 Oklahoma
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Stanford
Oct. 4 at Arizona
Oct. 11 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 Oregon State
Oct. 25 Notre Dame
Nov. 1 at USC
Nov. 8 Arizona State
Nov. 15 UCLA
Nov. 22 at Washington State
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE
Dec. 6 at California

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Washington State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-9
Realistic record: 6-7

Compared to the rest of the Pac 10 there aren't any real breaks with 13 games packed in tight. The one open date (compared to Washington, who has three off weeks) comes before a late October trip to Stanford. It would've been nice to have gotten a break before facing one of the big boys. The non-conference schedule isn't too awful considering the opener against Oklahoma State is played in Seattle. In conference play three of the Pac 10 heavyweights, Cal, Oregon and USC, have to come to Pullman, but there are back-to-back road dates at UCLA and Oregon State in between the showdowns with the Ducks and the Trojans. The nice reward, no matter what happens the rest of the season, is waiting at the end with a trip to Hawaii. If there's no bowl game in sight, going to Honolulu in late November will be like one.

Aug. 30 Oklahoma State (Seattle)
Sept. 6 California
Sept. 13 at Baylor
Sept. 20 Portland State
Sept. 27 Oregon
Oct. 4 at UCLA
Oct. 11 at Oregon State
Oct. 18 USC
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 at Stanford
Nov. 8 Arizona
Nov. 15 at Arizona State
Nov. 22 Washington
Nov. 29 at Hawaii

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way